Poem: Too many have written

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Leda and the Swan by Peter Paul Rubens (public domain)
Too many have written
about the dilemma
of gods falling in love
with mere mortals

O the choices!
O the sacrifices!
to be a god smitten
with a mutable human

What bullshit however
since these authors
clearly have themselves
never been in love

O the choices!
O the sacrifices!
to be a human smitten
with another human

We need not imagine
gods falling in love
to understand that weight
of loving singular and deep

To hell with Zeus and Superman!
I am tired of the posturing
while I live in a state of decay
regardless of the pull of my heart

A god’s terrible sacrifice
pales against the skin
of human lovers embracing
in full awareness of Death

Promising despite it all
“I will love you forever”
even though we cannot
give more than our brief lives

—P.L. Thomas

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P. L. Thomas, Professor of Education Furman University, taught high school English before moving to teacher education. https://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/

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